(TX) The lesson here is, don't rob a man named Kimber...


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Drizzt
July 31, 2005, 02:47 AM
Former Cop Opens Fire on Suspected Burglars

Retired Lubbock Police Officer, Lieutenant James Kimber, came home to two unwanted guests burglarizing his home in the 4800 block of 45th Street on Thursday afternoon. Police identified the dead burglar as 19-year-old Fermin Martinez, Jr. of Idalou. Nineteen year-old Richard Steven Lovato was his accomplice, he was treated and released for gunshot wounds to the leg.

The incident started when Kimber came home just after noon to find his garage door slightly open. The events that took place over the next couple of minutes would be life altering for the two burglars.

Crime scene tape is not a usual sight for residents of the Central Lubbock neighborhood, let alone dozens of police officers responding to a burglary which resulted in death. Neighbor Jim Scott has never heard of such an incident in his neighborhood. "It's scary to know stuff like this goes on around here, that people would do that," says Scott.

After Kimber saw his garage door open, he got a pistol and proceeded further inside his house.

Lubbock Police Department Public Information Officer, Lt. Roy Bassett said, "As he started toward the back bedroom where the sounds were coming from he heard the very distinctive sound of a firearm of some sort being cocked. As he ran to the corner into the bedroom there were two Hispanic males."

Bassett went onto say Kimber fired multiple shots to Martinez's chest when he ran at him. Martinez ran out of the house and died in the alley. Kimber shot Lovato in the leg when he ran toward him.

Police said state law gives Kimber the right to protect his property. Many neighbors say they would likely do the same. Scott said, "I don't guess you'd know until that happened, but if you want to protect your property, that's one of the things we do."

NewsChannel 11 learned both burglars have a record with the law. Lovato has been indicted for burglary of a building. Martinez has several previous indictments including burglary of a habitation, evading arrest with a vehicle and unauthorized use of a motor vehicle.

http://www.kcbd.com/Global/story.asp?S=3654184&nav=CcXHchJn

I have to admit, I usually try not to move towards the sound of a firearm being cocked...

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stevelyn
July 31, 2005, 09:37 AM
Two more "children" Sarah Brady will likely use to pad her "statistics" :scrutiny:

ewb45acp
July 31, 2005, 12:07 PM
Score one more for the good guys!

sfhogman
July 31, 2005, 02:31 PM
We all improve the gene pool. Some of us when we're born, some when we're removed.

Yeah, I know I'm not the first to say it...Jeff

GunGoBoom
July 31, 2005, 02:35 PM
It would be interesting to know what type pistol Mr. Kimber used to off this scumbag - probably a Glock. :eek:

larry starling
July 31, 2005, 03:31 PM
Good deal, They deserved what they got... :evil:

AF_INT1N0
July 31, 2005, 03:38 PM
This is a little OT where does brady get here statistics?

Back on topic..

Glad to hear Mr. Kimber is O.K. Bet the guy that got shot in the leg won't rob someone again....

JohnKSa
July 31, 2005, 04:15 PM
Bet the guy that got shot in the leg won't rob someone again...Maybe not, but his accomplice is the one who's COMPLETELY rehabilitated. :D

MaceWindu
July 31, 2005, 04:32 PM
Moral of the story?: Don't rob and steal and you won't get shot. Pretty simple huh? :scrutiny:

MaceWindu

DarthBubba
July 31, 2005, 04:48 PM
Two down several thousand more to go.
Mr. Kimber has done all he can in defense of home and self lets hope that the lawyers leave him alone now.
In Texas a large portion of the population is highly litigious and if either of the perps have a slick family member they will try to cash in on this poor mans homeowners insurance. They may not win but will still inflict the cost of trying.

DarthBubba :evil:

Andrew Rothman
July 31, 2005, 05:40 PM
I'm dying to know what kind of gun he was carrying!

The Brady campaign uses the highest number in the last 10 years of people aged 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18 and 19, in spite of the fact that 18- and 19-year-olds are adults.

They also include suicides and bangers shot by cops.

entropy
July 31, 2005, 09:18 PM
and bangers shot by cops.

Or each other.

ChickenHawk
July 31, 2005, 09:54 PM
I'm wearing my Kimber t-shirt tomorrow!

ChickenHawk

Standing Wolf
July 31, 2005, 10:52 PM
Lovato has been indicted for burglary of a building. Martinez has several previous indictments including burglary of a habitation, evading arrest with a vehicle and unauthorized use of a motor vehicle.

More parole and probation poster boys.

Stinger
July 31, 2005, 11:10 PM
I didn't see the newscast, but my wife did. She said that they (News Channel 11) mentioned that this fellow was a retired police officer about 4-5 times.

I guess they don't want us "civilians" to think we can use force to protect our property.

Tough ol' cuss, though. There is no way I would run towards the sound of a cocking gun.

Regards,

Stinger

LiquidTension
July 31, 2005, 11:57 PM
Kimber fired multiple shots to Martinez's chest when he ran at him

Ran toward a homeowner who had a drawn weapon...brilliant :rolleyes: Sometimes people DO get what they deserve, eh?

athlon64
August 1, 2005, 12:06 AM
Nineteen year-old Richard Steven Lovato was his accomplice, he was treated and released for gunshot wounds to the leg.

Wonder why he got released? Does Texas not charge accomplices with the killing if someone dies in commission of a crime they were involved in?

Mad Hatter
August 1, 2005, 01:29 AM
Probably means released by the hospital, Not the police.

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